Former heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko says Tyson Fury is no match for boxing champion Anthony Joshua, and believes Fury will be beaten ‘hands down’ by the British-Nigerian Joshua.
The former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion retired last August with a 64-5-53KO record, following back-to-back defeats to Joshua and Fury.
Having shared the ring with both men, Klitschko is well placed to comment on who would emerge victorious if the much-discussed fight ever gets made – and the Ukrainian came down firmly on the side of Joshua.
“Hands down Joshua. He is getting to be the complete fighter. Technically, size-wise, weight-wise, power-wise. And he is a good learner.
“The other guy [Fury], like a fart in the wind it is there and it is gone. In the history of boxing there are a lot of examples of this kind of guy. They can be successful for a time but are not disciplined enough to continue to be successful.
“I wish Tyson well but I think there is a lack of discipline there, and discipline is more important than motivation. Drawing from my experience I would say it is going to be very difficult for Tyson because there’s that lack of discipline.”
Fury, the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ has made it clear he is targeting a showdown with Joshua but that does not appear likely to happen in the near future.
Joshua is holding talks for a unification fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who is set to make a counteroffer for a blockbuster world title bout.